So you are ready to start your DIY air filter replacement - where do you begin?
Your first stop is your phone book or your computer – find your local auto parts store in the book, or hop online and look for car parts on the internet. Choosing the right part is as simple as knowing the year, make and model of your car. Remember that you can often get car parts cheaper online since online stores don't have to pay the overhead to maintain a storefront.
If you don't have experience swapping out even the simplest car part, make sure you get a Chilton's car manual, or an installation manual specific to your model of car.
Next, make sure you have the right tools for the job. You'll certainly need a complete socket set, a six or eight piece screwdriver set and (if you have a newer car) grab a Torx head socket or driver set.
Finally, make sure you have enough time. You may need all your patience if you don't have a lot of experience. Additionally, have the number of your favorite mechanic on hand. You should always have a back up plan.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|